Pickett, Willie M.
1870 - Born on December 5th in Williamson County, Texas. American rodeo cowboy who introduced bulldogging, a modern rodeo event that involves wrestling a running steer to the ground.
1900 - He became a showman, sponsored by Lee Moore, a Texas rodeo entrepreneur.
1907 - Pickett signed with the 101 Ranch Wild West Show, becoming one of its star performers and assuming the status of a legendary figure for his masterful handling of both wild and domestic animals. For bulldogging, or steer wrestling, he perfected a technique of jumping from his horse, grabbing the steer around the neck or horns, sinking his teeth into the animal's lip, and pulling it to the ground.
1908 - Pickett's most grueling performance came in a bullring in Mexico City. He there wrestled and rode a Mexican fighting bull for seven minutes before a riotous audience enraged at this original interpretation of the Mexican national pastime of bullfighting.
1916 - Pickett stopped performing and worked as a cowhand and rancher thereafter.
1932 - Died on April 2nd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He died after being kicked by a horse.
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